Adult Neurology Residency

Adult Neurology Residency



Patients with neurological disease often have psychiatric co-morbidities, and patients with psychiatric presentations often have an underlying neurological disorder. Thus, neurologists must have a good understanding of psychiatric disease and the ability to provide basic care for patients with psychiatric illness. This rotation is one month in duration, taken during the PGY-1 year. Two weeks of the experience will be on the psychiatry consult service at UW Health and the Middleton VAH. The other two weeks will be in various outpatient clinics.


The goals of this rotation are for beginning neurology residents to be able to recognize psychiatric disease, differentiate purely psychiatric conditions from those caused by “organic” brain lesions, and institute basic management for psychiatric patients.

Objectives and Evaluation Matrix

As with all of the neurology rotations, the specific objectives are reflected in the entrustable professional activities and individual milestones listed below. These form the basis for the end-of-rotation evaluation. (Please see the section End-of-Rotation Evaluations above for the list of milestone abbreviations).

Rotation Objectives
Upon completion of the curriculum, residents will . . .
1Recognize when a patient’s symptoms are psychiatric in naturePC1, PC2, PC3, PC12, MK1
2Classify psychiatric disorders according to DSM-V criteriaPC1, PC12
3Perform a suicide risk assessmentPC1, PC12
4Describe basic non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments for depressionPC12
5Communicate effectively with requesting clinical services, nurses, and other members of the patient’s teamSP3, SP4, PR1, IC3, IC4
6Write a psychiatric consultation reportIC4
7Describe the unique constraints imposed by our health care system upon on the care of patients with psychiatric diseaseSP4
Please grade the resident on any of the following milestones you were able to evaluate during this rotation:
PL1, PL2, PR2, PR3, IC2


During the inpatient portion of the rotation, the resident will see and staff psychiatry consults with the psychiatry resident and psychiatry staff attending throughout the day depending on the number and acuity of psychiatry consults. Time between consults will be spent in reading of selected psychiatry texts and readings as suggested by the staff attending. Residents will continue to participate in the neurology resident call schedule.

During the outpatient portion, the resident will attend a variety of clinics; an example schedule follows the key below; the current schedule is accessible on a Google calendar through this link:

Week 1
Week 2


VAMH:               VA Mental Health Clinic (Kat Dutra): VA Building 22, Room 125, 1-4:30 p.m.
Geri:                  UW Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic at WisPIC, 6001 Research Park Blvd (Art Walaszek)
CAP:                  UW Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic (Peggy Scallon & Brooke Kwiecinski): WisPIC 12:15-5 p.m.
ITC:                    UW Immediate Treatment Clinic (Alexander Fritz): 1102 S. Park St., 1-5 p.m.
OPC:                  UW Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic (Claudia Reardon, and others): WisPIC, 1-5:15 p.m.

If you find that you need to make a change to your schedule, such as for a personal emergency, please notify the psychiatry education coordinator, Carrie Schaub. Email: Phone: 608-265-8130.

Work Hours

There is no additional call responsibility for psychiatry. Estimated work hour total is 45 hours per week. Residents must log work hours and notify supervisory attending or program director if work hours restrictions are in danger of violation.


Suggested References

Sadock, B. J., Sadock, V. A., & Ruiz, P. (2015). Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry : behavioral sciences/clinical psychiatry.

DSM-5 (available via the Ebling Library at


Latest revision: 05-14-2021